WELCOME TO SAINT ANDREW’S

welcome to Saint Andrews
At St. Andrew’s, we welcome everyone who seeks to experience God (in some way) – and we respect the dignity of every human being. Whether you are a year-round Islander, a summer resident or guest, or a first-time visitor, we very much hope you enjoy your time with us. Come as you are, come be who you are, and see!
tiffany window OVER 100 YEARS OF HISTORY
St. Andrew’s began in 1895 as an Episcopal mission, and by 1910 the church building was consecrated. It features Tiffany stained-glass windows and a pulpit the shape of a dory.
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st-andrews COME AND VISIT
We are located on the beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s not reason enough to make it out here, learn more about our endearing Episcopal church.
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St. Andrew’s is an episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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contact CONTACT US
Church Office: 1-508-627-5330 Rector’s e-mail: fatherchip@standrewsmv.org Office e-mail: office@standrewsmv.org Office Fax: 1-508-627-4318
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RECTOR’S MESSAGE

Greetings, friend! And welcome to our website…we’re so glad you found us! It’s a little hard to describe all the things that are happening here at St. Andrew’s, but I have to say this: Great things are definitely happening, and it’s exciting. Really.  For those who’ve wondered about church these days, this might be a good church to try. I believe all of us have a hunger and thirst inside that can’t be satisfied by food and water. It’s our spiritual side, and life becomes wonderful when we pay attention to it and explore it. The trick is to find a space that can help us nurture our spiritual lives and grow in a safe and welcoming environment.  Some churches are better than others at providing that sort of environment. Those that succeed work for success. We at St. Andrew’s have joyfully undertaken that work.  If you are seeking a place that is renewing itself, we might be just the right fit for you. And if you have a family, this might be a great fit for them, too. A good church can be a wonderful help and lift in life—and in ways that might surprise us.>> read more
UPCOMING EVENTS AT ST. ANDREW’S

LENT…

MAKE SURE TO SAVE THIS DATE!—PIANO DINNER PARTY, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, AT 6:00 PM—WITH SPECIAL GUEST STAR, JOANNE CASSIDY!   That’s right, we’ll be blessed to have the mighty pipes of popular vocalist Joanne Cassidy join our own fantastic Nancy Rogers as we gather for a benefit dinner party to help pay off the new piano in the church.  Only a certain number of tickets will be sold—so buy your tickets today!

PLEASE BRING YOUR CANS TO CHURCH!  It’s time to help out our island friends and neighbors who are going through some tough times.  Please try to remember to bring something with you when you come to church—non-perishable items that haven’t expired.  NEXT WEEK we’d love it if you could bring in peanut butter and jelly, or cereal.  Please place your blessings in the humongous Island Food Pantry box in the Parish Hall—and thanks for your caring heart!

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING COOL TO DO FOR LENT? STARTS MARCH 19: EMBRACING AN ADULT FAITH  is the title of our new Adult Book study, by Marcus Borg.  ALL ADULTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!   This 5- part series boasts a brief, 20-minute video session, and involves participation and sharing afterward.  We’ll be taking up the following topics on the following dates, all Thursdays at 2:00 pm: March  19, March 26, April 2, April 9, and April 16. PLEASE sign up today on the list in the Parish Hall—you’ll be SO glad you did!  

QUESTIONS ABOUT ISLAM AND VIOLENCE?   Father Chip recently came across a good article that sets out a balanced way to look at the topic of whether the Islamic faith is inherently violent.  Feel free to grab a copy of the article (on the back table in the church or in the Parish Hall) and get up to speed on this important issue.  

A GREAT ARTICLE we’ve also copied and left out for your perusal is of a New York Times interview with the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, concerning poverty, the state of the Church of England and the Episcopal Church USA, and other topics.  Check it out!

OUR MISSION IN EL SALVADOR continues—and you can be a part of it!  We are currently taking names of people who may be interested to go on our next scheduled mission trip to El Maizal, October 18—October 26, 2015.  FOREIGN MISSION TRIPS, AND THE RELATIONSHIPS THEY ENGENDER, ARE TRANSFORMATIVE!  Please see Father Chip with any questions, or to just go ahead and do it!

DID I HEAR POTLUCK DINNER?  Our last two Lenten Potluck Dinners are Sunday, March 8, and then again on Sunday, March 22, both at 5:30 pm. GREAT FOOD, GREAT CONVERSATION, GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT CHURCH!   Come be with us!  

WE’VE GOT TWO TYPES OF LENTEN DAILY MEDITATION BOOKLETS for you to take and enjoy on your daily journey through Lent.  Feel free to take one or both!  anything you can contribute to defray our costs would be most appreciated—there’s a box in the Parish Hall.  

MOBILIZING THE CHURCH: FROM DREAMING TO DOING is the name of the Diocesan Spring Learning Event 2015, which will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Christ Church in Needham. Through workshops and panel presentations, the program looks at the intersection of following Jesus and social justice through some of the core practices at the heart of community organizing. Interested to attend? See Father Chip!

Mission to El Maizal 2014 Hit this link and visit YouTube for a wonderful slide show of the Mission Group’s visit to El Maizal, El Salvador, this past June!!

SEE SOME GREAT PHOTOS!  USE THE ABOUT US TAB ABOVE/LIFE AT ST. ANDREWS.                                   †                                 

       Church Office Hours:

  • Heather Anne Slayton, Tuesday—Friday, 9:00 am—3:00 pm.

  • Father Chip Seadale:  Monday 9—11 am and Wednesday 2—4 pm (and available by appointment). 

  • Please note that Heather Anne is not in the office Saturday through Monday, and Father Chip is not in the office Friday and Saturday. 

  • Father Chip can always be reached in emergencies on his cell at 774-563-9716.

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  “The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.” 

  

                  Our Vestry

 

Wardens:       Bonnie Deitz and Chris White

Treasurer:       Wesley Brown

Parish Clerk:   Sandra Mott

Members at Large:  

Claudia Metell, Pam Monterosso, Caroline Evans, Susan Weibel and Barbara Shriber